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CALS Comm Workshops

Once a month, the CALS Communications team hosts a workshop for all CALS departmental and unit communicators and communications enthusiasts. These sessions focus on best practices, tips and tools to ensure we are on-brand and effective in telling our college’s story.

We also seek to provide a space for networking and discussion between communicators who might not otherwise come in contact.

CALS Comm 2022 Workshop Schedule

During these hour-long workshops, CALS Communications will provide the latest practical guidance on various communications topics. Have a topic you want us to cover?

Workshops are typically the second Thursday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m.

Workshop TitleHostDate
Creative WritingWant to re-invigorate your writing, this workshop will get you started.Janine Brumfield1/20
Getting Smart Phone Savvy for Comms WorkWe may not carry a video or still camera with us, but a smartphone is probably in your pocket. Attend this training to learn how to make the most of your phone.Keeshan Ganatra2/10
Hybrid Events With more in-person and virtual events, this session will prepare you to think through all the details.University Events Team3/10
Photos for StoriesChoosing the best photos for your story, in-story layout ideas, and tips for cropping, resizing and using stock photos.Chris Liotta
and Emma Bublitz
4/14
Canva SkillsCanva streamlines design work. Tune into this workshop to learn how to use it to freshen up your design work.Adriane Clark and Leighann Vinesett5/12
Inclusive LanguageCommunicating with people and groups of different backgrounds is critical. This session will review current best practices.Elizabeth Snively6/8
Search Engine OptimizationThis training will provide best practices for website and post searchability.Kristin Sargent and Alastair Hadden7/21
CALS Tailgate 101 for ExhibitorsCALS Tailgate exhibitors will receive tips and tricks for sharing information about their programs, projects and units. CALS Tailgate Team8/4
Website UpdatesAfter transitioning CALS websites to WordPress over the past five years, new updates continue to release. This workshop will familiarize you with the new NC State Theme and Gutenberg content editor.
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CALS
Web Team
9/8
CALS Comm Open HouseOur open house will introduce all of the services available through CALS Communications.CALS Comm Team10/13
AccessibilityAttend this training and make your electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.TBD11/10

Catch up on previous CALS Comm Workshops on YouTube.

Resources

Busy-Day Communications Strategy

Our goal is to make your life easier while making sure your department’s amazing stories get the coverage they deserve.

Ask for headshots with all of these, maybe write a brief introduction, and you have good content with less than 30 minutes of work.

Planning

The best way to save time is to plan and know the CALS message.

  • CALS Brand Promise and Core Messages – keep these in mind as you write, and you’ll never go wrong.
  • A strategic monthly communications plan at a glance – five easy pieces: CALS Comm Monthly Content Strategy. Four of those will take you half an hour or less.
  • When you start to write, use the CALS Comm Post Planner to save time by quickly organizing your thoughts to stay on message.

Recorded Sessions and PowerPoints

Unable to attend a session or want to revisit discussions from past workshops? We have materials for you to view.

Catch up on previous CALS Comm Workshops on YouTube.